College and Community Innovation Program – Applied Research and Development Grants – NSERC (2022)

Description:

The Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants are intended to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and to train students in essential technical skills required by companies.

ARD Grant funds must be used for direct costs of research in natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and/or health.

Comments on Funding:

The company partner(s) must participate in the project and contribute to the direct costs of the applied research and development project. The expected company contributions vary with the grant size:

  1. contributions of at least half of the amount requested in CCI support, in cash and/or in kind—of which at least half (i.e., 25% of the requested grant amount) must be in cash- for grants up to $75,000 per year. For example, if the application requests $75,000 per year, the company contribution must be at least $37,500 per year, of which a minimum of $18,750 must be in cash.
  2. contribution(s) must be at least equal to the amount requested in CCI support, in cash and/or in kind—of which at least 40% must be in cash- for grants between $75,000 and $150,000 per year

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • be Canadian colleges that have been declared eligible to administer grants by NSERC, CIHR and/or SSHRC. If the proposed research and knowledge/technology transfer activities lie entirely within the mandate of a single agency (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC), the college must be declared eligible to receive funding from that granting agency.
  • offer programs in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences and in line with the applied research areas proposed,
  •  have its faculty members involved in ARD grants engaged in applied research in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences,
  • provide the space, facilities and services to enable its natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences faculty members to conduct applied research.

Eligible partners are:

  • Canadian public or private for-profit companies, including start-up companies,
  • Multinationals with significant business operations in Canada,
  • Industrial associations, producer groups or formal consortiums in Canada,
  • Public utilities in Canada.

Note: To be eligible, a company partner must operate from a Canadian base and must be able to fully exploit the results of the applied research so that it will lead to significant economic benefit either to the company or to Canada. A sufficient maturity or capability must be demonstrated by at least one of the contributing company partners.

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must complete and submit:

  • F103CV (form-fillable) – CCI Personal Data Form and instructions,
  • Form 103 – Application for the CCI Program,
  • Form 183A – Information Required from Organizations participating in Research Partnerships.

Instructions for applicants and their company sponsor(s) to complete the forms and the on line submission are found on NSERC’s online services page. (see source 4)

Other Things to Note:

For funding opportunities that allow multiple partners, non-eligible partners are welcome, but only the cash and in-kind contributions from eligible partners will be taken into account to determine the matching funds that can be awarded by NSERC.

Testimonials:

Natural Science and Engineering Resources Council of Canada

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